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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Bartee Haile: Gov. Hobby declares martial law in Galveston

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Meeting behind closed doors with William P. Hobby on Jun. 2, 1920, worried Galveston business leaders begged the governor to do something before striking dockworkers strangled the Island economy. Will Hobby was elected lieutenant governor six years earlier at the politically tender age of 26.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Bartee Haile: Texas tanker vanishes in Bermuda triangle

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On May 27, 1963, a Coast Guard board of inquiry wrapped up a six-week investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a Texas tanker in the Bermuda Triangle....

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Bullfighting Texan the toast of Mexico

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Harper Bailey Lee, the first and finest matador from north of the border, made his big-time bullfighting debut in a Mexico City ring on May 16, 1909....

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Santa Anna pulls wool over the president’s eyes

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE President James K. Polk issued a secret order on May 13, 1846 granting an infamous exile safe passage through U.S. lines. By telling the American leader exactly...

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Bartee Haile: The real story behind The Sugarland Express

As the sun came up on May 2, 1969, a young couple got the drop on the highway patrolman who answered their phony plea for help at an isolated ranch in southeast Texas.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Gardener makes a fortune with quack cure

On any given day in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Texans could find in their local papers advertisements for all kinds of concoctions promising to cure every ailment under the Lone Star sun.

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Robert E. Lee turns down Houston’s secret offer

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Still wearing the Union blue, Col. Robert E. Lee took charge of an isolated outpost on the Texas frontier on April 12, 1856. As a member of...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Bartee Haile: The boxing champ America loved to hate

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Jack Johnson climbed into a Havana ring on Apr. 5, 1915 to defend the heavyweight boxing title he had held for seven stormy years. So universally despised...

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Bartee Haile: The ups, downs of Texas’ first president

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Confederate Col. William E. Burnet, son of the first president of Texas, was buried in Alabama on Apr. 2, 1863. The loss of his last living family...

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Two Texans ride, rob with ‘Wild Bunch’

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE The sole survivor of the most famous outlaw photo shoot in the history of the Old West was killed during the robbery of a West Texas train...

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